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Seven people, including five fishermen, brought to the shore by rescue teams were reported dead on Friday, taking the toll in the state to 13.

Yesterday, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the reports of thousands of fishermen stranded in the cyclone were false and the number of missing Tamil Nadu fishermen was 97.

Of those rescued at sea, a maximum of 248 fishermen were from Kerala while 38 were from Lakshadweep Island.

Meanwhile, women members of the fisher folk community held a protest in Kanyakumari district demanding that authorities intensify rescue operations to trace those caught in the deep sea in the wake of cyclone Ockhi.

The collector of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat has said that Cyclone Ockhi is likely to lash Saurashtra coast in the next 48 hours and subsequently weaken.

He wrote: "Precautionary holiday declared on 5/12/17 for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts for the safety of the students due to the serious weather predictions on #CycloneOckhi #MumbaiRains". Vijayan announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of kin of victims who died in rainrelated incidents in the state.

Hundreds of women protested on the roads in Neerodi village, demanding the authorities trace their loved ones who are still missing since Ockhi struck southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala on November 30. Twelve boats carrying 138 fishermen have reached Kalpeni in Lakshadweep, where several houses suffered damage, coconut trees got uprooted and communication lines were disrupted.

Gale winds with speeds of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph are very likely over Lakshadweep in the next 24 hours, the IMD bulletin said.

"The Indian Navy, India Coast Guard, Indian Air Force, have rescued fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala too".

The IMD has warned fishermen in the Maharashtra and Gujarat area not to venture into the sea.


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